Monday, September 15, 2008.
Sometimes, your best isn't quite enough. Despite a season-best throw, Augusta native Scott Winlker finished in 5th place in the men's shot put at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijijng.
Winkler's throw of 11.27 meters was a season best for him, but not enough to place him on the medal stand. Winkler's throw of 11.27 meters came on his first throw. His subsequent five throws did not further his mark.
After three puts, Olokhan Musayev of Azerbaijan led with a 13.49 meters for 1162 points. This mark proved the best effort of the evening, and Musayev wore the gold medal.
Krzysztof Smorszewski's of Poland opening put (11.95m, for 1030 points) earned him the silver medal.
Martin Nemec of Czech Republic set an F55 Paralympic record, 11.38m for 1005 points, on his third effort. He bettered this record with an 11.55m throw (1020 points), on his final effort, to claim the bronze medal over fourth-place Alexey Ivanov of Russia.
Ivanov's best score was 1012 points for his third put (11.75m).